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The Process of Producing Compressed Bamboo Board

Supplier: Simply Bamboo
04 November, 2010

The bamboo board compressed, woven or strand bamboo flooring is manufactured with an enhanced version of the horizontal and vertical board process.

Confused?.......  Well let me save you from any further confusion and clarify that all of the above are relatively the same product and refer to parts in the actual manufacturing process of this board.

Unlike your traditional flooring made from lengths of bamboo cane cut either vertically or horizontally, our compressed /woven is made from slender strands of bamboo. It is similar to how fabric is woven with many fibres for its strength and is comparable in its durability making it not only harder than the vertical and horizontal style boards, but an even greater hardness to most traditional hardwoods.

Another benefit of compressed /woven flooring is that like hardwoods it has the beauty in appearance of a natural woodgrain texture.
The first seven steps involved in the production of our compressed/woven flooring is identical for all bamboo products, which involve picking the plants ready for harvest and collecting the materials to process. Stacks of the picked bamboo stalks are washed and cooked to add durability to the finished product and at this point for the production of our compressed /woven flooring changes from other bamboo flooring to create its uniqueness.

Firstly, strands are ripped from choice grade bamboo, sorted then boiled in a processing solution to remove any impurities from sugar to insects, then dipped in a special and heat sensitive solution for a final drip dry.

The dried strips are then removed to a conveyor oven that reduces the moisture content before packing ready to make the bamboo flooring boards. Eighty inches of the strand material will be compressed into approximately five to six inches high by four inches wide blocks!

Steel moulds are then bolted together at the top of the machine to maintain pressure.
These moulds are then placed into an oven where heat is applied to the block for a determined amount of time to stabilise the material and to permanently form a solid block of bamboo material.

Once these blocks have been stabilised and removed from their moulds they are then stockpiled and manufactured into oversized timber style boards. These boards are then processed and milled with a tounge and grove either as a 96mm wide solid board or a 120mm wide layered board, then inspected for any small cavities that are to be filled before the boards are finished.

Now..the boards are applied with the patented  '' KLUMP '' UV finish and one last inspection for quality control before packaging ready to export.

All Simply Bamboo pre-finished bamboo flooring is finished with the German brand '' KLUMP '' UV finish that performs excellent in high friction and scratch resistance. Our Horizontal, Vertical and compressed/woven flooring has a coating of 7 layers, with both sides of the board sealed.

1. Primer Coat
2. Base Coat
3. Aluminium Oxide/Ceramic Oxide Coat
4. Another Oxide Coat
5. Base Coat
6. Anti Scratch Coat
7. Another Anti Scratch Coat

There are a cheaper variety of finishes on lower grade bamboo flooring on the market available, however you need to be weary of these products as some companies try and lower their production costs by saving money on applying cheaper imitation polyurethane finishes that show visible signs of cracking and peeling on the surface of the boards.

Is Compressed /Woven Board More Glue Than Bamboo?

On ther contrary to what speculations have been said that compressed/woven style boards are more glue than bamboo,  couldn't be further from the truth!
It is not true and in actual fact our compressed /woven board only consists of 1-2% overall glue.

The glue used in the Horizontal and Vertical flooring is dyneal glue from Finland, but compressed /woven bamboo flooring does have phenol glue and the formaldehyde emissions are set at european standard of only 2mg per 100g.